Past Events

20 February 2020

NEF Celebrates Entrepreneurship - Annual Awards

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

The February 2020 meeting is our 34th anniversary to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in our community. We celebrate entrepreneurialism by awarding the 2019 NEF Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2019 NEF Rising Star of the Year and 2019 NEF Showcase Presenter Awards. Be a part of this celebration and show your appreciation to emerging entrepreneurs.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Past Presenter Update

This month Ripple Science will present their story and give us an update since they initially presented in November 2016 as NEF Showcase Presenter. They recently completed a fund raising round of $2.5 Million.

Ripple Science

Peter Falzon, CEO, Ripple Science.  Ripple Science accelerates clinical research with its secure, HIPAA-compliant suite of tools. By adapting sales and marketing automation to the process of patient recruitment, Ripple helps our customers recruit more participants, faster and reduces patients lost to follow-up. Ripple Science’s flagship product, Ripple, is currently being used by research investigators at more than 100 academic and research centers around the world, including Johns Hopkins University, Pennsylvania State University, University of California Los Angeles, the Brain Research Foundation Canada, University of East Anglia (UK), Cognito Therapeutics (Boston, MA) and the University of Michigan. 

Peter lives in Detroit and is the CEO of Ripple Science.  He is a native of Michigan and graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.  Prior to moving back to Detroit in 2017, Peter spent 20 years managing life science companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley and 10 years learning, living and working in Ja

2019 Entrepreneur of the Year

Danny Ellis, CEO, SKYSPECS

Danny is the CEO and Co-Founder of SkySpecs, an Ann Arbor based company that optimizes the operations and maintenance of wind farms through automated robotics, data analytics, and predictive maintenance software. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Michigan with a BSE and MSE in Aerospace Engineering. Danny is a Techstars alum, Forbes "30 under 30" honoree, and Endeavor entrepreneur. Outside of work, Danny enjoys golfing, live music, board games, and spending time with his wife Kelley and daughter Olivia. 

2019 Rising Star of the Year

Fares Ksebati, CEO and Co-Founder, MySwimPro

Fares Ksebati is the Co-Founder and CEO of MySwimPro, a global technology and media company that creates fitness apps that help people improve their performance and health. Most recently, he was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2020 in Consumer Technology. MySwimPro is the top training app for swimmers in 180+ countries with over one million members. MySwimPro has received international accolades being named the Best App of the Year by Apple in 2016 across all App categories for the Apple Watch and featured in Sports Illustrated. The company has global partners and an international investor base that spans 36 countries.

Fares graduated summa cum laude from the Mike Ilitch School of Business in Detroit and has continued his education with an executive education certificate from Columbia University’s CMO Academy in New York City. He is a Syrian-American has been recognized by Arab America as one of 15 Arab Americans who stole the spotlight in 2017. Fares enjoys sharing his passion for entrepreneurship as a keynote speaker and startup mentor to founders around the world.

Fares initially presented in March 2017 as the NEF Showcase Presenter.

2019 NEF Showcase Presenter Awards

Here are the contenders for the 2019 Showcase presenter awards. They worked hard. They all deserve congratulations on their presentations, but only three will be taking home an award for their outstanding efforts. Guess which 2019 NEF Showcase Presenters will take home pitch awards for Best Presentation, Best Technology and Best Business Model?

  • EagleView Imaging, Francis Glorie, CEO
  • eScapes Network, Robert Oklejas, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Giggso, Ravi Venugopal, Founder & CEO
  • InheRET, Dr. David Keren, CEO
  • Life Magnetics, Kevin Hagedorn, Ph.D., Founder & President

The winners’ names remain secret until show time, even they do not know which award they have won.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

REGISTER

16 January 2020

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Showcase Presenter

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Connect to My Attorney

Peter J. Staver, CEO and Founder.  Connect To My Attorney (CTMA) has developed a disruptive solution that allows clients to search for, find and spontaneously connect with an attorney in a convenient, efficient and economical manner from their smart phones. CTMA is the only video App that provides an attorney/client online privileged communication from anywhere and, can be conducted in English, Spanish or Arabic. CTMA is a comprehensive WebRTC-based peer-to-peer, encrypted, connection between the client and attorney. Only the attorney and client can use the channel - the audio and video cannot be accessed by any other party, including the initiating server. CTMA’s application incorporates voice recognition, geo-location, encrypted document exchange, time monitoring, texting, and, can be utilized with up to 5 participants.

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Ray Batra, Shift_Up. Shift_Up builds "learning gyms" -- physical spaces that support online learners -- because learning online is a fundamentally lonely experience. Adults like the flexibility of online courses, but they crave the support and camaraderie of in-person communities. Shift_Up provides affordable monthly memberships to a shared study space, live professional tutors, a peer community of learners, curated learning roadmaps, and events and networking opportunities.
  • Liang Huang, Guarankey. Guarankey is a web based residential rental platform that integrates rental marketplace and property management solution to empower individual property investors and renters to handle all renting activities in one place.
  • Jay Shah, Leelayan. Leelayan's invention (patent pending) No Bend Hands Free Shoes are designed to help compromised people. They can easily wear them without bending. People with back surgery, arthritis, diabetes, planters foot, etc. can wear No Bend shoes without bending.
  • Michael Wiley, Global Inventions solutions and services. A patented unique wildfire control and containment device that will allow us to prevent wildfires from spreading. We can save homes lives property and most importantly we can save the lives of the firefighters.

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams. The judges are:

Faris Alami, Founder and CEO of International Strategic Management. 

International Strategic Management is an international strategic company focused on leadership, entrepreneurship and economic development.  Additionally, he is a consultant with the World Bank as an entrepreneurial ecosystem expert as well as a business advisor with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Wayne State University and Babson College. He also facilitates a program for high school students where they learn how to launch a global technology company, and mentors university students.
 
Alami has started several business in the past and turned around several other companies. He has served business incubators, accelerators, startups, nonprofit organizations, five-star resorts, national marketing companies, fledgling companies, and major department store chains, and lent his expertise to service, wholesale and retail companies.

Alami also works with several business incubators/accelerators. He has managed over 100 start-ups and planned, managed and directed entrepreneurial training, talent and several international initiatives (programs).

Paul F. Hickey, President and CEO, Vertebral Technologies, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.   

Paul held previous leadership roles with Reshape Lifesciences Inc., Lanx, Zimmer-Biomet and has over 20 years of medical device experience involving strategic planning, R&D, clinical, reimbursement, marketing, and budgeting/finance.  

Paul is a passionate entrepreneurial executive with a 25+ year record of achievement who thrives on challenges and the opportunity to make a difference. He has expertise leading all core functional disciplines including new business development, strategic alliances, marketing, clinical research, engineering, reimbursement, and change management. He us a highly creative thought leader with a unique blend of skills needed to rapidly and successfully develop and commercialize breakthrough therapies, devices and services. He has proven capability for leading, motivating, and developing teams of diverse backgrounds and expertise, across multiple operations.

Paul also serves on the Board of Excelen Center for Bone and Joint Research and Education in Minneapolis.  Paul earned his bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and earned his masters at Washington University in St. Louis.

Anne Perigo, Associate Director, Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

At the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Anne Perigo manages the development and execution of a wide range of student programs, including the Michigan Business Challenge, the Dare to Dream Grant Program for student startups, the Marcel Gani internship program, and arranges for student participation in intercollegiate competitions, entrepreneurial conferences, and consultations with experienced entrepreneurs. Additionally, she holds individual office hours with students to discuss business concepts, program issues, and entrepreneurial concerns. Anne was previously the managing director for the Master of Entrepreneurship, a former initiative of the Ross School of Business and College of Engineering, Prior to joining the Zell Lurie Institute, she held positions in education with Ann Arbor Public Schools, and in commercial lending with NBD Bank (now JPMorgan Chase). Anne has also accrued experience through volunteer work, including grant writing and coordinating special arts collaborations between Ann Arbor Public Schools, University of Michigan faculty, and local arts organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Enterprise Forum.

Anne is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan with a BBA from the Ross School of Business.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

REGISTER

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

19 December 2019

Holiday Break - No Forum Meeting in December

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

To allow everyone to unwind and relax, we will be taking a break from our normal Forum schedule for December. However, that does not mean we are taking a break from NEF coaching or participating in other entrepreneurial events around the area.

The next NEF Forum event will be on January 16, 2020.  Mark your calendar. 

21 November 2019

Gaining Early Traction - Go To Market and First Revenue

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

2019 GAMIC Winner Presentations

This month we are presenting two winners from the 2019 Global Automotive Mobility Innovation Competition held at Cobo Center during SAE WCX'19 in April 2019. Several NEF coaches volunteered their time to coach GAMIC semifinalists and finalists during the competition year from Nov 2018 to April 2019.

These founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture. This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

S3D Precision Dispensing

Michael Vitek, CEO & Co-Founder. S3D creates specialty print heads and compound ink formulas that enable the manufacturing of flexible, embedded sensors, actuators, and electronics onto contoured and textured surfaces. S3D provides the enabling technology for next-generation electronics.

Orbitless Drives

Robert Eisses, CEO. Orbitless is a patented, novel low-loss gearbox platform enabling ultra-low noise, super high-efficiency gear-heads ideally suited for electric motor applications.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Gaining Early Traction - Go To Market and First Revenue

In addition, we have a panel of experts who will guide you through the challenge every entrepreneur faces when ready to raise money. You need to show some traction - a pilot, a customer or some early adoption. For that you need to devise an effective Go-To-Market strategy and demonstrate to investors how you intend to execute through well-thought-out marketing, sales and financial plans. 

Our panelists will discuss what works and what doesn't, and share those insights with our audience. We hope that this will be of great interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between investors, founders and the audience.

Panelists:

Jonathan Murray, Venture Partner, Draper Triangle Ventures

After double-majoring in English Literature and Biology, Jonathan experimented with careers in journalism in Washington, D.C. (his hometown) and in advertising with major agencies in New York. At the University of Michigan, he founded his first business and discovered a love of entrepreneurship. After receiving his MBA, he spent ten years in Silicon Valley, which included a successful 7-year stint at Spectra Laboratories, where he headed marketing and software development. Fresenius Medical Care purchased the Company in 2007 for $140 million. Jonathan was then recruited to be President of Volk Optical, in Cleveland, which returned him to the Midwest, where he has lived ever since. In 2001 he co-founded Early Stage Partners, an early stage venture capital fund that invested $100 million from two funds. In 2014 Jonathan joined Draper Triangle, opened the firm’s Michigan office, and relocated to Michigan.

Jeff Ponders II, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, TechTown Detroit

Modern-Day Batman. Entrepreneurial, strategic leader producing high-value products & services for consumers and brands. A renaissance man driven by a passion for leading teams, learning, problem-solving, creative expression, and win-win relationships. Believes in the marriage of effective strategy and compelling creative solutions to add value to clients and partners. Keynote Speaker, Innovation Leader, professional Jazz Saxophonist, Managing Partner, The Better Company. Jeff graduated from the Wharton School with a Bachelor in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management.

 

S. Sriram, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ross Marketing Department, Associate Professor of Marketing

Professor Sriram’s research interests are in the areas of brand and product portfolio management, monetizing content, and healthcare. His research has spanned industries including consumer packaged goods, technology products and services, retailing, news media, user-generated content, MOOCs, and the interface of healthcare and marketing. His research has been published in journals such as Marketing Science, Management Science, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Quantitative Marketing and Economics and the International Journal for Research in Marketing.  He serves as Associate Editor at the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research, and on the editorial review boards of Marketing Science and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. Sriram obtained his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of technology and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Purdue University.

Sean Carroll, Co-Founder, EnBiologics

Sean is an entrepreneur and engineer from the Detroit area. After graduating with a BS in chemical engineering and while working on a MS in biomedical engineering from Wayne State, he enrolled in TechTown’s summer start-up accelerator, DTX Launch Detroit, and started EnBiologics with Ramy Habib. They started the company after doing a project to develop better care for pediatric burn care. While in the program they pivoted from a niche section of pediatric burn care to more general care, and then to veterinary care. The company has achieved early traction in the small pet space with HoneyCure, the first all-natural clinically-proven veterinary wound care product.

 

Ramy Habib, Co-Founder, EnBiologics

Experienced Product Development Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry. Skilled in Method Development, Medical Devices, Spectroscopy, and Clinical Data Management. Ramy is a committed entrepreneur with a Master of Science focused in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University. 

 

 

Moderator:

Stefan Sysko, Agitator, Disruptor, Contrarian, Sysko Thinking LLC

An entrepreneur with a diverse background and over 25 years of experience, Stefan is a consultant, advisor and mentor to start-ups and rapidly-growing businesses, helping turn ideas into focused, viable business plans. He serves as faculty and Business Advisor for Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program in Detroit, is past-president, Program Committee Chair and coach at the New Enterprise Forum, and Lead Facilitator for TechTown’s DTX Launch Detroit Summer Accelerator. He serves on the boards of several startups, and serves as a coach, mentor and judge for a variety of organizations, programs and pitch competitions.

 

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

 

Register

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

17 October 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Past Presenter Update

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

This month Legacy Shave will present their story and give us an update since they initially presented in October 2018 as NEF Showcase Presenter.

Legacy Shave

Mike Gutow, CEO and Co-Founder.  Shaving can be a chore, especially with today’s busy lifestyles. But, what if there was a way to have a better shaving experience and pamper your self at the same time? That’s the idea behind Legacy Shave and The Evolution Brush – a unique, patented technology brings that old-fashioned barber shop experience into your home. The Evolution Brush combines the feel and benefits of a traditional barber shop shaving brush (i.e., hands free shaving cream and a clean, close shave) with the convenience of modern shaving cream and gel shaving cans. Simply attach the shave brush to the can and enjoy the ultimate shaving experience – while traveling back to a more elegant time.

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Pradeep Kalmat, eSimplify.  eSimplify is a Healthcare Analytics company helping Primary Care Practitioners (Family Practice) and groups successfully transition from a fee for service payment model to a value based payment model while increasing revenue.
  • Stephen Ketch, KnoBa.  KnoBa is a B2B SaaS product for small and medium businesses to build and maintain their knowledge bases.
  • Isaac Lymon, RaxPlay.  Raxplay turns music albums into VR/AR experiences using the music theme, storyline, and sound.
  • Lawrence Smith, Twist. It is a free, community-driven, social networking platform that aims to provide effective networking opportunities and resources to our users that are acclaimed, accessible, and inclusive.

(Interested in pitching at a future NEF Pitch Pit event, please apply to NEF Pitch Pit)

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams. The judges are:

Tom Meloche, Author, Educator, and Founder
A co-founder of A2Agile Inc., Tom has overseen the delivery of hundreds of Agile projects with budgets counted in the billions. He has been creating, teaching, and implementing agile methodologies for almost two decades.
 
Tom was a co-founder of one of the most successful little agile software development houses in the country, Menlo Innovations LLC. He consults on how to leverage ceremony, feedback, and metrics to achieve higher levels of engagement and success. Tom has a direct marketer’s view on metrics. His best-selling book Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising was first published in 2011 by the Entrepreneur Press, the third edition was released in 2017.

Tom is a strong advocate for Agile ceremony, something he considers a forgotten art, and authored the book Ceremony: A Profound New Method for Achieving Successful and Sustainable Change, released June 2017.

Charles Penner, Regional Director, Michigan Small Business Development Center – Greater Washtenaw Region

Charlie has been the Regional Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center – Greater Washtenaw Region since 2002.  In that capacity he has directly counseled, or overseen the counseling of, thousands of local small businesses. Charlie currently serves on the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, and he previously served on Boards for Washtenaw County Workforce Development, the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and Think Local First of Washtenaw County.

He has developed and presented numerous small business training sessions and participated in many varied entrepreneurship support activities.  Charlie has also taught a variety of small business and entrepreneurship classes at EMU, WCC and U-M. Prior to joining the MI-SBDC, Charlie was the Director of Consulting Services at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.  In addition, he was a Senior Consultant with Plante Moran and held several management positions with the Gartner Group.  Charlie holds an MPPM from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Hampshire College.

Chris Theisen, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Adapt Technology

Chris is an engineering - sales & marketing executive with more than 25 years in product development solutions for industry including mobility, defense, civil, industrial, and consumer products.  Notable expertise in the US, and international environments in the utilization of advanced engineering technologies relating to product design development, reverse engineering, computer aided simulation, high performance computing, and data analytics.

Involved in the startup d3VIEW, a successful simulation data analytics Michigan company serving the automotive industry, notably d3View sold the naming rights “Xfinity” to comcast. Consulted in the startup of several other mechanical engineering consulting companies focused on the mobility industry.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

REGISTER

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

19 September 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Showcase Presentation

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Life Magnetics

Kevin Hagedorn, Ph. D., President. Life Magnetics manufactures products for processing, storage, and transport of RNA. RNA testing accounts for 40% molecular testing in medical diagnostic labs and research labs, but it's a difficult molecule to work with. Unlike DNA, which is stable for hundreds of years, RNA is stable for only 28 minutes. RNA shipping and transport is set to become a major obstacle for biopharma as RNA drugs and RNA diagnostics are predicted to be two of the biggest growth sectors. The company has the best solution to date for this 40-year-old problem with NASA proposing to use the product on a mission to the International Space Station in 2020.

Kevin is a materials scientist with nine issued patents and seven peer reviewed publications. His expertise is using physics simulations to design materials, devices, and products. He's applied this expertise to a diverse range of problems including the design of solar cells, laser cutting and welding equipment, and now to the transport and storage of RNA for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. He's won two small business grants from the National Science Foundation to develop the product.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Raising Money Locally: Current Trends and Opportunities

In addition, we have a panel of experts who will guide you through current trends in funding, especially funding the early stage deals.

Have you ever wondered what the right steps are to raise startup capital? When you feel "Doomed, Frustrated" and continue to seek funding deals, you don't see too many options. Our experienced panel will 'tell all' the ins and outs of the funding opportunities and challenges in the deal process in this don't miss panel discussion.

We intend to discuss various options available to raise money for your startup. In this month's forum, we want to focus on what founders can do to raise startup capital above and beyond traditional sources of investments. We hope that this will be of greater interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between investors, founders and the audience.

Panelists:

Rob Burnett, Business Development Team, Netcapital, Boston, MA

Rob Burnett is an entrepreneur and member of the business development team at Netcapital. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Rob has been at various times a founder, student startup attorney, Techstars associate, and venture capital associate. He has worked with over 50 companies helping them prepare for fundraising and close investors. In his current role at Netcapital, Rob helps companies of all sizes take advantage of the JOBS Act to raise capital and build a loyal community.

Ray Waters, President, Detroit Development Fund and Managing Director, Detroit Community Loan Fund, Detroit, MI

Ray Waters has been involved with DDF and the DCLF for the past 13 years.  DDF and the DCLF provide growth capital to businesses in Detroit. DDF has grown from a $2 million in loan capability to managing $23 million loan capital. Since inception DDF has loaned and invested $35 million dollars to Detroit companies and projects. Ray provides strategic direction and overall management of DDF, including planning, fund-raising, supervising staff, reporting to the Board of Directors, and meeting with all external investors.

Prior to his involvement with the DDF,  he was a Managing Partner of BBC Ventures. From 1990 – 1999, he served as President of Horizon BIDCO Investment Company, a mezzanine venture fund providing growth capital for companies in Southeastern Michigan. His business career also includes over 20 years experience as CEO and owner of three profitable growth companies, two of which were start up ventures.  He served on the Small Business Advisory Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He has also served on the National Advertising and Franchise Committee of the Hertz Corporation, and the National Distributor Board of the Adolph Coors Company. Mr. Waters has been highly involved in local business communities and organizations.

Kevin Wittrup, Venture Partner, RSVP Capital, Bloomfield Hills, MI

As an early stage entrepreneur and venture partner at RSVP Capital, Kevin has been a key operator in several early stage and technology commercialization ventures, most recently BIOVIGIL Hygiene Technologies. As the co-founder and CEO of BIOVIGIL from 2011-2017, Kevin led the effort to commercialize a sophisticated healthcare technology product and build a team that operationalized the diverse aspects of the business including product development, cloud data applications, installation and maintenance services, clinical implementation and support services, and manufacturing. Kevin is also an active member of the managing board at Advanced Battery Concepts. ABC is a battery technology company based in Claire, MI. that has developed a disruptive bipolar battery technology. Kevin holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Christina York, Founder and CEO of SpellBound, Ann Arbor, MI

SpellBound is an Ann Arbor-based technology startup that is anchoring the $95Bn augmented reality industry in the Midwest. SpellBound is a therapeutic tool that uses augmented reality technology to calm children before medical procedures and increase their cooperation with treatment. SpellBound’s 3D experiences are being used in top-tier pediatric hospitals to distract during painful procedures and encourage motor skill rehabilitation, reducing trauma for children and cost of care for hospitals.

Christina comes from a user experience background and spent 15 years designing technology solutions for health care and higher ed, building high-performing teams and managing 7-figure budgets. She holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Information Science and is active in the STEM movement in southeastern Michigan.

Moderator:

Bill Mayer, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services, Spark, Ann Arbor, MI
Bill Mayer has founded and exited multiple start-ups in the technology and finance sectors. His areas of expertise are in finance, securities and quantitative analysis. He has founded and worked with numerous businesses covering a broad range of industry sectors, ranging from start-up ventures through Fortune 500 companies. Client engagements have covered a broad range of services including market strategy, portfolio structure, and the IPO process. Bill has managed over $125 million in client assets.

Areas of specialty are financial modeling, pricing strategies, the process of private and public equity securitization, management of business assets, and fundraising. He has extensive experience in creating financial models, business valuations, and capitalization tables, as well as navigating advanced business tax issues and the complex issues surrounding securitization. This allows Bill to effectively position clients from an investor’s viewpoint in order to maximize a venture’s ability to receive funding. Bill has held multiple securities broker licenses for over ten years. This positions him to facilitate the placement of capital directly. Bill holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

Register

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

Showcase Presenter: 

15 August 2019

Summer Break - No Forum in August

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Our next Forum event will be on 19 September 2019 as we will be taking a break from our normal Forum schedule for August. However, that does not mean we are taking a break from NEF coaching or participating in other entrepreneurial events around the area.

We are extending to you, our NEF Supporters, a huge thank you and hope to see you again at the September Forum meeting. Details will be posted after returning from our brief respite.

25 July 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Showcase Presenter

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

eScapes Network

Robert A. Oklejas, President and Co-Founder. eScapes Network LLC is a Michigan company that has developed, patented, and produces Therapeutic Relaxation Television whose purpose is to provide anti-stress and anti-anxiety entertainment to both public and private networks. Our first private network product, Relaxation Dental TV has been endorsed by five state dental associations and is now enjoyed by nearly 600 dentists, their staff, and thousands of patients. These Private Television Networks are monetized by Verizon Media’s programmatic advertising platform.

After graduating from college in 1970 Robert enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Vietnam War. Spending nearly four years on an ammunition ship introduced him to the world of power machines and electro hydraulics, so after service he entered the power plant construction industry where his career in that industry culminated with the supervision of  the installation of all machine components of the Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant. During those years, he and his brother Eli developed and patented several hydraulic pump and turbine devices for the desalination industry that lead to the formation of Pump Engineering Inc. in 1986. Pump Engineering sold in late 2009 for $27 Million, an ROI of 3400% for investors. Robert was now “free” to pursue an opportunity he had identified, which was combining radio like programing with television, now known as Therapeutic Relaxation Television. 

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The four entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Julian Bates, Vizier Tech. A patented one way clutch, used in automotive applications as well as electric motors.
  • Lyne Charron-Keller, Smart Bridge Medical. Our product is POPSafe™ Tracheostomy Tube Set. The POPSafe™ Tracheostomy Tube Set is a patented medical device which prevents spontaneous ventilator disconnect of the tracheostomy tube.
  • Raeanna Lewarne, HealthFreelance. HealthFreelance.com is a hiring platform for healthcare.
  • Peter  J. Staver, Make the Connection. Connect to My Attorney (CTMA) is a platform designed to connect lawyers with both present and prospective clients in real time.

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams.

Judges are:

Kim Brown, Senior Marketing Manager, Duo Security.  At Duo Security, Kim is focused currently on events and webinars. Since 2013, she has been involved in several aspects of Duo’s marketing efforts, including pay-per-click ads and more. Brown proudly grew up in a family of business owners and entrepreneurs, and published an art magazine in Ann Arbor for several years that reached its pinnacle as the Official Ann Arbor Art Fair guide. In addition, she has worked closely with Ann Arbor Spark to assist local tech startup companies through marketing programs and mentoring. She has been a judge for the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University (EMU), she currently serves on the board of EMU’s Center for Digital Engagement, (CDE) and is the executive in residence for CDE’s summer intern clinic program run in partnership with Ann Arbor Spark.

Ashwin Puri - Associate, Invest Detroit Ventures.  At Invest Detroit Ventures Ashwin's responsibilities include sourcing & leading the diligence process for new investments in addition to supporting portfolio companies and community efforts. ID Ventures is one of the most active early-stage investors in the state, investing in 110+ Michigan-based startups since its inception in 2010, consisting of 54 percent diverse founders and leveraging $800M+ in additional funding. IDV is also the program manager of Hacker Fellows and the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC). Ashwin is a graduate of Georgetown University where he co-founded the D.C.-area’s first university startup accelerator.

 

Paul Riser, Jr., Director, Detroit Urban Solutions, TechTown, Detroit.  Paul serves as the inaugural Director of Detroit Urban Solutions at TechTown, Detroit. This role entails leading a technology innovation consortium dedicated to advancing the growth of Detroit’s technology ecosystem and supporting the development of solutions to challenges that face Detroit and other urban areas. The core areas of focus are mobility, digital health, civic and smart city technologies. Prior to taking on the role as Director of Detroit Urban Solutions, Paul was the Managing Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit where he guided the design, execution and management of the nonprofit's technology programming for early stage companies. This included support for tech startups in the form of business acceleration, proof of concept, university and health care system commercialization and incubation services.

Riser is an entrepreneur, chief technologist, information officer and systems engineer with more than 20 years of professional experience working with start-up firms to global enterprises in the areas of IT systems administration, systems architecture, technology integration, technical pre-sales support and medical device development. Prior to joining TechTown, Riser served as chief technology and information officer for Innovative Health Technologies, a Detroit biotech startup developing health care solutions in the form of regenerative, biomimetic medical devices. Riser is also the CEO of the Riser Group, a Northville-based IT and business development consulting firm. In addition, Riser is a founding member of the Legacy Associates Foundation, board member and equity partner of B.L.A.C. Magazine, co-Founder of the MedHealth Innovation Cluster and Board Member of the New Detroit Coalition, Motown Museum, LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow), Together.health Steering Committee Member, Cranbrook Institute of Science, International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), Gener8tor Accelerator (Madison, WI) and the National Advisory Board for University of Michigan's Fast Forward Medical Innovations (FFMI).

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

REGISTER

 

Showcase Presenter: 

20 June 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Showcase Presentation

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

EagleView Imaging

Francis Glorie, CEO. EagleView Imaging, Inc. (“EagleView”), is a Michigan company developing state of the art imaging technologies for doctors, surgeons and other medical specialists. Our first product, a 3D augmented reality (AR), ergonomic desktop surgical planning system will make complex neurosurgery intuitive and precise at an affordable cost.

In more than 40 years of executive leadership and technology startups, Francis has played critical roles in seven startups, four large-scale turnarounds and three large financial exits and post-merger restructurings in the IT and MedTech sectors. Throughout, he gained a reputation as a skilled strategist, negotiator and international business developer, driving partnerships and large transactions. Francis is currently the Co-founder and CEO of EagleView Imaging, Inc., a medical imaging early stage company. He is also a board member at New Enterprise Forum in Ann Arbor

PANEL DISCUSSION: Building a Team at an Early Stage (Before you get funding)

In this month's forum we have a panel of experts who will guide you through understanding importance of building a great team for your startup before you get funding. Building a solid team for a startup is extremely important. Generally, founders begin with sharing roles as CEO, CTO and CMO in early stages. The question always how do you build a team prior to getting any funding.

This enlightening panel discussion, from entrepreneurs and investors who have gone through this journey and are eager to share their experiences, will be ideal for you and will assist you with making your company venture-ready. Come and learn about the challenges, the opportunities and the strategies in building an effective team for your venture.

We hope that this will be of greater interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between investors, founders and the audience.

Panel:

We have an outstanding panel of investors and entrepreneurs. 

Linda M. Fingerle, CPA, MBA - President and Managing Director, Tappan Hill Ventures

Linda brings over 25 years of business and finance experience to the Tappan Hill Team including eight years in Venture Capital serving as CFO and Principal of EDF Ventures in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While at EDF, she served as a board member and acting CFO for a tech start-up internet technology company. She was also board observer and managed EDF’s operations.

Linda served on the board and was Audit Committee Chair for Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTM) a Michigan based biotech. She also provided strategic & financial consulting to an Ann Arbor based biotech start-up culminating in a successful exit in 2009. Prior to EDF, Linda was a Group Operating President for MascoTech, Inc., a Michigan based Manufacturing Corporation. Linda was active in MascoTech’s robust M & A program as well as oversight responsibilities for several operating units. Prior to MascoTech, Linda was a Group Operating Vice-President with TriMas Corporation, an Ann Arbor-based industrial proprietary products manufacturer, and a key member of TriMas's strategic acquisition team and played a key role in expanding TriMas's growth & profitability via acquisitions.  TriMas was acquired by MascoTech, Inc. at a purchase price of $1.4 billion representing 10 times EBITDA. Previously, she was a Senior Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen & Co., where she performed due diligence for financings and acquisitions for early stage public and private companies. Linda earned her MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University (CPA in the State of Michigan).

David J. Morin

Dave Morin is a serial entrepreneur, intrapreneur, angel investor and technology executive having co-founded, led or managed innovation for numerous companies for over 25 years.Dave’s hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, innovation and early stage investing provides unique insights for the organizations he leads and works with.

Currently, Dave is involved with numerous technology firms.He is a co-founder and executive of Impellia, a human performance data analytics company, a co-founder and Chairman of Mountain Pass Solutions, a provider of faculty affairs workflow technology, a board member of AlertWatch, a healthcare analytics firm, the Director of Tappan Hill Ventures, an angel investment fund. Prior to Impellia, Dave was the Co-Founder and CEO of Cielo MedSolutions LLC, an Ann Arbor, MI-based health care technology organization that was acquired by The Advisory Board Company (Washington DC) and the Vice President at HomeTown Communications Network, a publisher of over 70 newspapers and over 25 phone directories in Southeast Michigan and the greater Cincinnati area that was acquired by Gannett in 2005.Prior to these positions, Dave was involved in other Michigan and East Coast-based technology and consulting firms in numerous industries. Dave is a frequent speaker, both nationally and internationally, on entrepreneurship and on the use of technology in healthcare.  He is also actively engaged in community-based social entrepreneurship for a variety of Detroit-area organizations and causes and is the Vice Chair of Samaritas, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Michigan providing communities of service.

Thomas S. Vaughn, Esq, Dykema

Thomas S. Vaughn, Esq., Member, Dykema Gossett PLLC, practices as part of the firm’s Corporate Finance Practice Group.  He is Co-Leader of Dykema’s Mergers and Acquisition Group, Mr. Vaughn’s practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, public company securities compliance and private placements of securities involving institutional, venture capital and private investors, with a focus on companies involved in automotive and emerging technologies.  His clients range from start-up companies to middle to market companies.  He counsels public and non-public companies on issues surrounding raising capital, mergers; stock purchases; asset acquisitions; commercial loan financings; board of director meetings and general board relations; stock-based employee benefits plans; anti-takeover defense mechanisms; joint ventures; and the drafting and negotiation of a broad array of business agreements.   

Mr. Vaughn has led Dykema’s Annual M&A Outlook Survey for all fourteen years of its publication.  He frequently speaks and authors articles on merger and acquisition matters.  Mr. Vaughn has served on the Board of Association of Corporate Growth, Detroit Chapter, since 2017. Mr. Vaughn earned a B.S. B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  He was named as “Lawyer of the Year” in Securities/Capital Markets Law by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2019. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken SC.  He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2019 for Corporate Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC). 

Moderator:

Kristin Welch

Kristin Welch is a veteran of the mobility ecosystem both in Southeast Michigan and beyond. For two and a half years, she helped lead the ride sharing startup SPLT (Techstars Mobility ‘15) through growth, globalization and then acquisition by Robert Bosch GmbH in February of 2018. Subsequently, has been an Advisor and Strategist for numerous startups, including the autonomous delivery vehicle company Bedestrian. Bedestrian unveiled its first delivery bot to much acclaim at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Parkofon, based in Washington D.C., is a next-generation parking solution and another company she's mentored in the mobility space. Kristin coaches founders through the New Enterprise Forum (NEF), works on the organizing committee for the Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) and judges multiple pitch competitions nationwide. 

Prior to startups, Kristin held international roles at the consulting and financial firm Deloitte. Having received a B.A. in Accounting, she spent 15+ years at Deloitte, including leading global teams in Boston, Zurich, London and New York City. In 2015, she obtained an Executive MBA from the Ross School of Business. Kristin now enjoys working with Ford X, Ford Motor Company's venture incubator, to validate new mobility ventures and business models and to help shape the future of transportation.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

REGISTER

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

 

 

Showcase Presenter: 

16 May 2019

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Past Presenter Update

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

This month Carrot Pass will present their story and give us an update since they initially presented in May 2017 as NEF Showcase Presenter.

Carrot Pass

Michael Antaran, Founder and CEO

CARROT is a mobile health & wellness program that motivates participants on an individual level. Its proprietary algorithm allows members to compete equally for rewards, providing instant gratification for meeting personalized goals. CARROT's easy-to-manage program delivers three times the engagement at one-sixth the cost of traditional fitness initiatives.

Michael Antaran is the Founder and CEO of Marvel Apps, an independent software company based in Royal Oak. A lifelong Metro Detroiter, Michael earned degrees from Wayne State and Central Michigan before spending 15 years as a powertrain engineer with Chrysler and General Motors. Michael took the lessons learned in the auto industry - primarily, a focus on customer experience - to successfully guide his own company.

Since 2008, Marvel Apps has specialized in creating fun, engaging mobile games - and in January 2016, they gamified health and wellness with an innovative program called "CARROT".

NEF Pitch Pit

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The four entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Lilly DeRamos, Creation House. Creation House is a costume shop, where you can gather all of your costume needs and it would be a one stop shop for cosplayers.
  • Sushanta Das, AVSENTRIC.  An Autonomous Vehicle neighborhood watch system.
  • Heather Martel, ProjectFRED. A revolutionary new way of buying, selling, investing and managing commercial real estate.
  • Andrew M. K. Nassief, Stark Drones Corporation. A more cost efficient infrastructure system that utilizes proprietary research to change the way wireless signaling, energy consumption, etc. is distributed.

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

REGISTER

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